China’s leading carrier Xiamen Airlines has announced it will be launching its flights to Vancouver from Xiamen starting from July 25, 2016. The airline will operate year round service with thrice weekly flights. Currently, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is being served by five major airlines from Asia. Two new Chinese carriers are also planning to begin operations from Vancouver this year and have already filed applications seeking approval. Media reports said that Vancouver International Airport is trying to increase its role and become a hub for Asian carriers. Los Angeles International Airport (:LAX) on the U.S. West Coast is presently offering seamless connectivity to many Asian destinations with a number of flights services.
According to the reports, Vancouver International Airport is set to see at least 13 new flights services added to its extensive network in 2016. The airport is trying to build on its success in 2015 further through this year as well. The airport welcomed two new international airlines – Aeromexico and Air France – last year. Moreover, one million new passengers also traveled to/from Vancouver airport, thus registering a significant increase in passenger numbers to a record 20 million.
Carl Jones, Vancouver International Airport’s Director of Air Service Development, said, “The airport wants to see a hub being created between America and Asia, and looks forward to serving 25 million passengers by 2020. The new services in 2016 started with the launch of winter seasonal flights to Orlando by WestJet on January 1.”
The destinations to be served from Vancouver International Airport during the year 2016 include London, San Jose, San Diego, Hamilton, Halifax, Chicago, Dublin, Ontario, Brisbane, Rome and Xiamen. The airlines to operate flights out of Vancouver include WestJet, British Airways, Air Canada, Air Transat and Xiamen Airlines.